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Archive for November 2009

Personal Finance Seminar in Bacolod City

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I attended one of Randell’s seminars. I suggest you or your friends and family in Bacolod do the same – it’s worth more than what you paid for.

Source: Randell Tiongson’s Website.

Written by Raffy Pekson II

November 17, 2009 at 6:51 am

Philippines-Canada Trade Council Christmas Party

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For details, please see the poster below.

Source: Mike Calingo

Written by Raffy Pekson II

November 17, 2009 at 6:16 am

Who Sang the Philippine National Anthem at the Pacquiao-Cotto Fight?

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The audition was participated by both ABS-CBN and GMA stars. And it is the La Diva group that was chosen to sing Lupang Hinirang in Pacquiao vs Cotto fight. La Diva group is composed of Jonalyn Viray, Aicelle Santos and Maricris Garcia who were all “Pinoy Pop Superstar” champions.

Source: Victorina.

Written by Raffy Pekson II

November 16, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Free New Moon Tickets for Nov 19 Screening

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See poster below for details.

Source: National Bookstore and SM.

Written by Raffy Pekson II

November 16, 2009 at 3:26 pm

KALOOBAN – The Filipino Soul in Dance

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Tickets may be purchased at the Folk Arts Theater and all Ticketworld Outlets. For inquiries, contact KALOOB at 832-1120 or 0917-549-2624, email at or

To sponsor typhoon victims to watch the show, special tickets are available. Call or email the same contact information above.

Written by Raffy Pekson II

November 15, 2009 at 3:59 am

Smart is Buying

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Leading wireless provider Smart Communications has agreed to buy 100 percent of Chikka Holdings Ltd., a wireless application service provider that provides instant web-based messaging services.

“The transaction is expected to be closed sometime in late December, subject to the fulfillment of certain conditions,” Smart said in a press statement Friday.


Written by Raffy Pekson II

November 14, 2009 at 11:46 am

San Jose / Valley Charity for Ondoy Victims

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Volunteers at St. John the Baptist Church are hard at work gathering canned goods, adult and children’s clothing, blankets, towels, medicine and money for the victims of the Ondoy flood in the Philippines. Tropical Storm Ondoy ravaged the Philippines with a month’s worth of rain in a day, leaving Manila and surrounding cities with the worst flooding in 40 years.

Dropoffs can be made at Pavalkis Hall, 279 S. Main St., from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekends. Those who wish to write checks are asked to make them payable to St. John the Baptist Church, with Ondoy Flood Drive in the memo space. The Antipolo and Pasig dioceses will be the recipients of the donations. For more information, call 262-2546.

Source: The Mercury News – San Jose / Valley

Written by Raffy Pekson II

November 14, 2009 at 10:36 am

Send Money to the Philippines for FREE

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XOOM - one of the biggest worldwide money transfer service

Remittance king has launched a new program that allows overseas and migrant Filipinos, or practically anyone for that matter, to send money to the Philippines for free. The catch includes two things:


(1) The first transfer is FREE of any fees;

(2) The coupon code will expire in seven (7) days

    When you login to the website, you have to enter the coupon code XOOM4FREE located at the bottom of the “Payments Page”.

    For more information, call XOOM in North America through 1-888-993-3966 or go to their Help Center website.

    Written by Raffy Pekson II

    November 14, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Combined Choirs of 150 Voices to Sing Christmas Carols

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    The combined choirs of the COMELEC Chorale, Coro de San Antonio, Coro Tomasino, De La Salle University Chorale and the St. Paul University Manila Chorale will stage a 150 voice ensemble on December 3, 2009 at 7:00 PM at the Manila Cathedral dubbed “The 4th Manila Cathedral Basilica Pipe Organ Festival Gala Concert.” The choirs will be singing Christmas song and will be accompanied by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Amelita Guevara will conduct.

    This concert will feature a 6,000-pipe church organ, the biggest in Southeast Asia. Other performers include Ken Weber of the US, Armando Salarza from the Philippines, Austrian conductor Ernest Hoetzl, soprano Camile Lopez Molina, tenor Dominique Moralez from Fance and bass Nono Baang.

    For ticket inquiries, call 527-1796, 527-3889, or 0917-514-2011.